New Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendation Issued

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released their final recommendations on screening for cervical cancer on August 21, 2018. The Task Force took into account the concerns expressed by Professional organizations when their Draft Recommendation in 2017 suggested dropping co-testing as a screening option and they have retained co-testing at 5 years as one of the 3 strategies to screen women aged 30 to 65 years.

The ASC, as a member of the CETC, actively represented our concerns regarding the recommendation to drop co-testing during the USPSTF open comment period. The Cytopathology Education and Technology Consortium (CETC) is an independent consortium of national organizations involved in diagnostic cytopathology. The member organizations include the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT), the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology (PSC) and the International Academy of Cytology (IAC).